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Taxim Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.taximchicago.com
  • Phone: (773) 252-1558
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 5:30PM - 10:00PM

    Friday, Saturday: 5:30PM - 11:00PM

    Sunday: 5:00PM - 9:30PM

    Closed: Tuesday
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Greek
  • Executive Chef: David Schneider
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Taxim offers many catering options for all types of events. Please contact us with questions.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact us with questions.
  • Private Party Contact: David Schneider (773) 252-1558
  • Special Events & Promotions: Greek Easter Celebration Sunday, April 15
    A five-course holiday dinner, including spit-roasted lamb, is offered in lieu of the regular menu on Easter Sunday (April 15). Price per person for the prix-fixe meal is $75. Doors open at 4 p.m. and dinner service begins at 5 p.m. A credit card is required to secure reservations. A reservationist will contact you to confirm your reservation. Thank you.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: North Ave.
  • Public Transit: CTA bus: 56 Milwaukee, 70 Division, 72 North


    Blue Line train: Damen or Division stop


    Cabs are also plentiful in the area.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking and valet
A word from Taxim
Taxim, which is located in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood, features regionally-inspired Greek dishes paired with an all-Greek wine list. The stunning dining room is fitted with soaring 16-foot ceilings, travertine marble floors and dramatic Byzantine-style lamps and artwork.

The restaurant was chosen as one of the Best New Restaurants in May 2010 by Chicago magazine and was chosen as one of Chicago's Best New Restaurants in 2009 by the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Reader. Additionally, Taxim's housemade yogurt with young favas and lamb confit was selected as one of the Best Bites of 2009 by the Chicago Reader, the house-cured sardines were mentioned in Time Out Chicago's 2009 "100 Best Things We Ate (and drank) This Year" feature, and the wood-grilled octopus was selected as 2010's "Best New Dish" by Chicago magazine. Additionally, chef-owner David Schneider appeared on the Food Network's "Iron Chef America" in April 2011 going head-to-head with Iron Chef Cat Cora.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We both had lamb dishes and they were both exceptional! Still raving about the lamb chops. The flavors were amazing and very different from the norm. My biggest issue is that they sat us along the wall at a small 2-top and we had parties of 4 on either side of us. Tables were very close together so it does not make for a quiet dinner. I prefer restaurants where you are not sitting with strangers and have a bit more privacy. The food was worth it, but wish the seating was more comfortable."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Have never had a bad meal here. Service staff is the best. Love any lamb dish, chicken, duck gyro, hummus, octopus, etc"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "four foodies ate octopus, dolmades, leek & dill phyllo, lamb with homemade greek yogurt. all excellent!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Four of us went and shared 5 small plates and 1 big plate and there wasn't a loser in the bunch. We had the best babaganoush ever, and I have had a LOT of babaganoush (it's called roasted eggplant on the menu); we had very, very tender octopus; we had amazing deep fried cauliflower; we had great artichokes; we had very tasty pork belly; and we had the 'fish gyro' which was sea bream fillets (kind of square; my husband called them the best fish sticks ever). Everything rocked! I have recommended it to a dozen people already and we're looking at our calendar to see when we can go back!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "A perfect menu of flavor for both Veg and non-veg diners. Great service. Fantastic food. Great pairing wines to match."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Food is outstanding. Waitress was very good at pairing our wine. The kitchen is INCREDIBLY SLOW SLOW SLOW SLOW. It took 45 minutes to get our mains. Plan accordingly. At the end of the evening the food was worth the wait, however, hey should have told us,."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We ate all small plates and every one was better than the next. It was so nice to eat something different than the usual fare and so incredibly good. Highly recommended"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "For the past several years we have been going to a lot of theater in Wicker Park. We used to feel like there was no place good to eat in the area, and now we're aware of an abundance of options. Taxim, though, which we discovered relatively recently, is now our absolute favorite. We have had nothing which was not absolutely delicious, and between the small plates and large plates we've managed to try quite a few items. Recommended for both adventurous and not-so adventurous eaters--there's something for everybody."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We tried about 8 small plates but will return for large (sea bass, lamb chops, chicken ). Grape leaf-wrapped shrimp, tender octopus salad, roasted eggplant dip, squash fritters (falafel-like) were all outstanding. Some dishes never showed up but they corrected it. Fun place. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Every bite and sip were delicious and the service was gracious, offered good order recommendations and was always well timed. I can't say enough good things!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Delicious authentic Greek food, knowledgeable staff and a cozy but classy decor. I will definitely be back. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I made a reservation and we still waited about 20 minutes to get seated, when the table that they sat us has been clear before we even entered the restaurant. We sat for a while before we got water, place settings or a greeting from our waiter and it wasn't crazy busy. Maybe I have high standards because I used to work in the service industry, but for what I paid I didn't get my money's worth. Food was good, the bus boys were quick and my drink was stiff. Still... will not return."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food is delectable. The flavors are marvelous. The food is not limited to Greece, with Cypriot favorites also a part of the menu. Food is lovingly prepared with the freshest ingredients, making every dish something to savor. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "As a Greek American and someone who studied in Greece, I'm picky about Greek food. Unlike the touristy mediocrity of Greektown, Taxim is the real deal, showcasing the authentic dishes and flavors that are lesser-known and regional. The Greek wine list has good variety, and the house cocktails are solid. Our favorite dishes were the fried cauliflower, squash meatballs, chicken, quail, and lamb chops, which were all complex and executed perfectly. The ambience is great, evoking the Middle Eastern influence seen in north and northeastern Greece. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu, but could have used more enthusiasm. Taxim isn't cheap and the portions are modest, so it's not an everyday restaurant, but it is a true gem."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "We are Greek food "snobs"..very hard to please, and this place never disappoints. The flavors are out of this world! I have tried many things on the menu and love them all. One of my favorites are the shrimp wrapped in grape leaves, so unusual and delicious! This is an automatic go-to for us even though we live in the North suburbs. When we want outstanding Greek food, we venture to Taxim! DO NOT forget to have dessert..the loukoumades are our fave :)"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Great food, but on a saturday night it is very noisy. It's hard to talk about the noise. Go on the week day and enjoy the food, service and ambience."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "This place is cute and the best Greek food outside of Greektown in Chicago. Nice ambiance and our server was fantastic. They have a great Greek wine list but the food is not particularly memorable. It seems like it's been toned down for the "Chicago" palate. The kokoretsi, or wood-grilled caul wrapped lamb offal, was perhaps the best dish. For starters, I also recommend the fire-roasted eggplant dip with black sesame seeds."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "I would have completely given this place 5 stars if our service would have been more patient and not in such a bad mood and my initial cocktail wasn't $14 for a sparkling wine. The food is incredible and the atomosphere is really warm and inviting! I would highly recommend trying the fried califloour and the lentil soup! YUM!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Seriously this place was a fantastic find. We had a couple of small plates (both wonderful though I can't recall the names), lamb chops with this wonderful quinoa, raisin and almond side, Greek coffee (had no idea what it was when we ordered it but wonderful!), and a dessert that was worth the wait for it to be freshly made just for us. Will definitely visit this place again when back in Chicago!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "It was a little too loud, especially since we had a waiter who's primary language was not English and he didn't speak very loud. For the food being a little overpriced, they could have explained some of the items better, since they brought out an item a second time that we did not want; we are confused since all the names were in Greek."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We picked this place because we were in the mood for Greek food, but came with no expectations. The service and food were both great! The shrimp in grape leaves was fresh and flavorful. The spicier dishes were lively but not overwhelming. The duck gyros were rich but not greasy. The waitress provided a couple of recommendations for the Greek wines (which I didn't know anything about) and offered tastes of a couple. First rate and fairly priced."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Dips/spreads were spot on. House made yogurt is a stand out. Lots of Greek wine! Octopus was delish. Expected more garlic pow with the beets and skordalia which was the only let down."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This was such a wonderful alternative to the Halsted fare. Reminded us of our meals in Greece--especially the sea bass, which was outstanding and the octopus--very tender and perfectly seasoned. I was not a fan of the duck gyro--I found it too heavy. Wine was fantastic--fun to get to know a new region's offerings. Will definitely return again!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I made a reservation on Open Table for a time slot that was a little later than I wanted due to tickets for a show. I called the restaurant, spoke to David who said that the hostess would call me back that day. Much to my surprise, she did! Not only was she able to accommodate my request, she was willing to help choose a comfortable table. In a world of busy restaurants and customer service, Taxim went above and beyond on customer service and by the way.....the food was awesome."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Great gourmet and authentic Greek good. The octopus melts in your mouth. The lamb was perfectly cooked. Great service. Will go back for sure."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "It was great! We had the best waitress, (blonde, Ukrainian) She gave us so many great recommendations and the Duck Gyros.. OOO baby!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I thought the restaurant was exceptional for ambiance and food. Not your normal Greek restaurant. Will go back."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This ended up being a late night reservation, and I didn't have high hopes. The food was excellent, cooked perfectly and infused with the wonderful flavors that only come out of a quality Greek kitchen. The selection of only Greek wines was a nice touch, and quite tasty. Only one caution, the portions and the prices seem a little out of whack, but you do get what you pay for in terms of quality."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Appetizers: hummus (always delicious) & the lamb kebabs (nicely spiced ground meat, roasted cherry tomatoes and yogurt.) Yum. Entrees: the chicken (always delicious) and the pork shoulder with chestnuts and barley rusk. The pork and chestnuts were flavorful, with a warm Christmassy taste for a cold night. (But the rusk could have used just a little more juice/sauce to soften it just a bit more.) We love coming here for the wine list -- only Greek wines, mainly Greek varietals but also some European grapes grown in Greece. The wines are very good and pair beautifully with the dishes. The servers are always willing to help you decide which glass or bottle to try. Don't hesitate to try something different."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My boyfriend an I were unable to go out for valentines day. Therefore, we had a late valentines date at Taxim. It was beautiful! Very romantic and the food was delicious. My boyfriend is a picky eater but he loved your lamp chops! Excellent work. Serice was beyond great! Wine was delicious too! Will definitely come here again!"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "We were looking for a nice Greek restaurant in Wicker Park and found it with Taxim. Knowledgable server provided samples do the wine and gave thoughtful recommendations for food. Everything we tried was excellent!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I love Taxim. I am so tired of the standard Greek food you get on Halstead. This has so many other options but still with traditional flavors. They also have some wonderful vegetarian options. Usually they have the best hummus I have ever tasted but when I went there on 2/15 they must have been out of the fresh green chickpeas as this hummus lacked the tang that it usually has. Just tasted like the typical stuff. I hope they are not changing it and it was just a fluke. The service can also be a little slow. I think they are understaffed and certainly not a lack of effort on the part of the staff as they are very very busy. I do love this place and have been about 5 times."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We had a great dinner at Taxim on Saturday night. Delicious greek small plates that are inventive - definitely NOT your Halsted Street Style Greek. The wine list is notable because of the deep selection of reasonably priced, yet quite delicious, Greek wines that pair wonderfully with the food. The servers will give you guidance if you're not familiar with Greek wines. All in all a great experience."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Taxim's menu offers a variety of small and large plates. With another couple, we shared a half dozen small plates and some seafood stew. Everything was prepared beautifully, creatively composed, and delicious. Service was attentive and helpful, and the room is lovely. We are delighted to have another really good restaurant to add to our Wicker Park rotation."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The food was very, very good. They had a prix fixe menu for Valentine's day, and it was excellent. I will absolutely be back to try their regular menu. Very romantic atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Looking at the menu, it seemed like a great place for small plates. Went for Valentine's Day not knowing there was a price fixe menu... definitely delicious food, would recommend! Unfortunately it was a bit overpriced with the set menu... TL;DR- If you're going for delicious small plates to share, you can hardly find a better place for Greek food"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had all small plates and it ended up being quite economical, which doesn't always happen with a lot of small plates. Everything was good-the pomegranate was great as were the fish and the lamb. The yoghurt dessert was really surprisingly outstanding and so different from my daily yoghurt. It seemed really noisy at first but we got used to it and we were stuck in almost the exact middle. The waiter was very good--attentive and helpful but not obtrusive."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "What a wonderful find in the city! Taxim offers fresh takes on Greek cuisine. Loved the roasted eggplant and lentil small plates. Every dish awakens your taste buds."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "I came here for date night with my boyfriend. We made a reservation about 2 hours before coming in. The ambiance was great, quiet enough that we could hear each other, but not so quiet that you felt like everyone around could hear your conversation. Our waitress was knowledgeable and helped direct us with the wine & food menus. We shared 3 small plates and 1 large, which was more than enough food. We were careful to order different things from the menu as their were a lot of similarities with many. Food was reasonably priced and appropriate to the caliber of food and portion sizes. I was there with just one, but there were also a few larger tables. I could see that this place would also work for larger groups . I would go back anytime!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I met up with 5 friends here and had a great time. We shared several apps and 2 entrees so we could try a bunch of dishes. The beet salad, duck gyro, octopus and lamb dishes are outstanding! Only small issue I had was that our reservation was at 8:30 and we were seated 45 min later. However, we did wait at the bar, so it wasn't too bad."
    Dined on 1/25/2014